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Coronavirus update: First Minister still awaits furlough scheme confirmation from the Treasury

By David Porter

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In Scotland in the last 24 hours there have been a total of 1433 positive cases which equates to 7.9 per cent of those tested overall.

NHS Greater Glasgow saw 602 cases, Lanarkshire 318, Lothian 163 and Ayrshire 88 with the remaining cases across Scotland.

A further 50 deaths were also recorded with Covid-19 as a contributing factor in the last 24 hours.

Speaking today First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "Returning to furlough we welcome that it has been extended to December.

However we continue to make the case as do our counterparts in Wales and Northern Ireland that the same level of support must be available after November and also for the self employed.

"We cannot have a situation where businesses are fully supported when England enters a lockdown but comparable support isn't made available if all or part of Scotland or Wales or Northern Ireland face similar restrictions.

"I welcome apparent commitment from the Prime Minister on this which he made at PM's questions on Monday.

"But we have still not seen any detailed written commitments on this from the Treasury.

"The lack of clarity is not helpful for our decision making or for companies who are anxious as well."

She continued: "Back in July we announced support for new companies.

"That support included a £25million fund which has been shared between 90 companies which are operating in areas which are likely to grow including sustainable packaging.

"The funding shows the mix of measures as we try to support economic growth across the country."

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